Singing with Confidence (20 credits)
This module aims to enable you to develop relevant technical, study and performance skills in understanding voice in the performance of Musical Theatre repertoire. Sessions are run with a focus on confidence building allowing students the freedom to explore their voice in a supportive and positive environment.
Acting with Confidence (20 credits)
This module aims to develop those performance skills that relate to bringing a role to life on the Musical Theatre stage. It will explore acting techniques relevant to contemporary Musical Theatre acting and will be based primarily in naturalism as a mode of expression and style. The module will focus on contextual studies and stage confidence as a thread that runs throughout this process, which will in turn dovetail with the other performance skills related to Musical Theatre.
Dancing with Confidence (20 credits)
This module aims to enable you to develop technical underpinning, confidence and competence in Musical Theatre dance. You will engage in the execution of phrases of movement in classroom conditions, individually, in partner work, and as part of an ensemble. There will also be philosophical/contextual studies; social, historical and political, in the repertory studied.
Global Music Theatre (20 credits)
The module allows you to explore Musical Theatre from around the world giving you a contextual overview of the form from a variety of cultures and perspectives as well as examining the historical development of Musical Theatre.
Musical Theatre Showcase (20 credits)
This module offers you the opportunity to combine all that you have achieved in year 1 and present an evening of Musical Theatre performance work.The module can see students from a number of School disciplines coming together to work towards the event.
Likely Optional Modules
Introduction to Performance Lighting (20 credits)
This module gives you the opportunity to get to grips with lighting equipment for the stage and starts to develop your understanding of practical and theoretical approaches to stage lighting.
Theatre Design 1 (20 credits)
This module examines design work relating to costume and gives you the opportunity to practically explore design concepts and making techniques. Assistant Stage Management This is the start of a series of Stage Management modules that run throughout the degree. The ASM plays a key role in the smooth running of a theatrical performance.
Singing in Character (20 credits)
This module aims to enable you to develop a further understanding of your singing voice in the performance of Musical Theatre repertoire, exploring the vocal-technical issues relating to adapting or transforming your natural vocal sound to meet the demands of Musical Theatre characters and character songs.
Acting in Character (20 credits)
This module seeks to explore the range of character acting necessary for Musical theatre. It will enable you to cope with the demands of the practice-based skills in translating Musical Theatre texts into live performances, exploring through practice the relationship between the performer, text/writer, and performance. The module will be centred on the development of character presentation and audience communication.
Dancing in Character (20 credits)
This module enables you to develop further technical confidence and competence in Musical Theatre dance skills, exploring the physical transformative issues of dancing in and with character, individually, in partner work, and as part of a characterised ensemble.
The Politics and Power of Musical Theatre (20 credits)
This module explores the power of Musical Theatre as a statement and as a means to act on a societal level. You will will engage in the study of Musical Theatre as protest, activism and comment.
Musical Theatre Performance (20 credits)
This end of year performance work will allow you to present yourself as a performer, or potentially in a production role, as a culmination of your second year of study.
Likely Optional Modules
Contemporary Performance Lighting (20 credits)
This module builds on concepts explored in year 1 and tackles more complex programming techniques as well as looking at more contemporary lighting equipment.
Theatre Design 2 (20 credits)
This module will focus on the design and creation of costumes and props, with particular emphasis on structures, body extensions, and fantasy (for example animal costumes, armour and pantomime). You may look at the development and fusion of costume- and prop-making techniques applied to and around the human form, including mask- and headdress-making
Deputy Stage Management (20 credits)
This module is designed to introduce students to the concepts and processes relating to stage-managing live performance events. You will explore the very specific roles relating to managing performance for large-scale events together with examples of how those roles conflate to a more all-encompassing single management role for small performance companies.
Singing with Style (20 credits)
As a natural development in your singing studies, this module this module sees you exploring the vocal-technical issues relating to adapting or transforming the student’s natural vocal sound to meet the demands of more complex Musical Theatre material involving issues of style, heightened reality, and direct address to audience.
Acting with Style (20 credits)
This module is concludes your acting for Musical Theatre training and focuses on extending those skills developed throughout years 1 and 2. The module includes textual analysis and explores the personalisation of your role.
Dancing with Style (20 credits)
This module enables you to develop further technical confidence and competence in more complex Musical Theatre dance skills, exploring the physical transformative issues of dancing in and with specified styles (while retaining character-detail), individually, in partner work, and as part of a characterised ensemble and a unified chorus-line.
Final Production (40 credits)
This module gives you the opportunity to take part in a larger Musical Theatre production that spans the spans the School and can see you performing with technicians, stage management and music students.
Likely Optional Modules
Digital Performance Environments (20 credits)
This module is designed to explore the rapidly emerging and diversifying field of digital performance and interactive performance installation. Contemporary performance practice seeks to embrace new performative literacies and makes efforts to engage with current technologies in order to redefine the performance setting and the means by which performance is delivered.
Theatre Design 3 (20 credits)
The module acts as a natural extension to the design input in years 1 and 2. It aims to broaden your awareness of design methods that move beyond the physically representative to explore the relationship between performance space, audience and the place of the object as a devising catalyst.
Company Stage Management (20 credits)
You will focus on company stage management and the logistics of stage management in a professional context. Emphasis will be placed on professional development and employability, and you will be encouraged to make contact with current industry professionals and/or companies both as a source of primary research information and to develop potential employment links.